The tenure of Dallas Mavericks’ center Nerlens Noel has been a checkered one and many thought he would be shipped out of Dallas at the the trade deadline, but, Nerlens remains a Mav.
Apparently, despite the thinking that Noel has worn out his welcome in Dallas, the Mavs are not planning to buy out Noel, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.
“The Mavericks have no current plans to buy out big man Nerlens Noel, according to league sources. To the contrary, Dallas is hopeful it can get Noel back on the floor after the All-Star break and make another run at establishing a role for him.”
Noel has only appeared in 18 games this season and is averaging a low 12.5 minutes per game. Noel is currently recovering from right thumb surgery and there is thinking that he will return to the team after the All-Star break should he be healthy.
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Believes He Has Exceeded Expectations
Rookie of the Year frontrunner and Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic is wowing everyone with his rookie season. Even himself.
Doncic believes that he is playing better than many expected him to as he transitioned to the NBA from the EuroLeague, where he was named their MVP.
“I played professionally with a lot of good European players. So, yeah,” Doncic said of his transition to the NBA, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.
“It’s just basketball. I want to enjoy it. I think I’ve played better than expected. I’m happy about it, but this keeps going.”
Doncic has posted 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season for Dallas.
Mavericks, Hornets Interested in Cavs’ Kevin Love
Love signed a four-year, $120 million deal with Cleveland last season, adding some financial difficulties to trading him.
However, Love, 30, is drawing interest, as teams covet his scoring and rebounding abilities.
Mavs’ Gauging Interest In Dennis Smith Jr.
Smith has fallen out of the mix in Dallas due to his injury history and the emergence of rookie Luka Doncic this season.
Smith, 21, has a promising rookie season, in which he posted 15.2 PPG and 5.2 APG for Dallas in 69 games for the Mavericks.
Smith has been limited to only 3 games in Decembers due to a wrist injury.
Per Stein’s report, the Mavericks are “at least gauging [the] market” for Smith and are “plotting” to build their roster around Doncic.
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